English 101 Mother Tongue Amy Tan makes a valid point about the use of different Englishes that are spoken in different places and to certain people. What one says may sometimes vary based on the person, situation, or event as well. How one speaks and what they pick up on happens in the home and other people see them differently based on the way they speak. Different languages become difficult to translate as well because there isn’t always a similar word in the translating language. Many people can relate to this story in the aspect that everyone has their own way of speaking and others’ make them feel inferior with their speech.
Language has a very important role to play in a family, being one of the family values. Tan also suggests that it is difficult to live with parents who only speak limited English. In your essay mother tongue should be the central topic and you have the possibility to share a little something from your own personal experience as well. In her work, Amy Tan doesn’t only speak about the language itself, but also how it affected her life. As her parents didn’t speak the language very well, she needed to translate for them for a long time. Although she respected her parents and claims they were intelligent people, she was worried about how others perceived them because of the language barriers.